Season-opening Program (Kaomise banzuke) for the Kawarazaki Theater

河原崎座顔見世番付

Japanese
Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 11th month
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868), Publisher Yamazakiya Gonzaburô (Japanese)


Dimensions

33.8 x 48.1 cm (13 5/16 x 18 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1511

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1489, 00.1503, 00.1511

Kaomise banzuke produced to advertise the annual “face showing” ceremony at the Kawarazaki Theater (Edo) in celebration of the opening of the new kabuki year and the theater’s newly formed acting troupe. Published on the 1st day of the 11th lunar month of Kaei 3 (1850) by Yamazakiya Gonzaburô.

Signed

Eshi Torii Kiyomitsu hitsu

絵師鳥居清満筆

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock